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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Supervisory Research Chemist, ZP-1320-5 (MAP) in Boulder, Colorado


This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) with one vacancy in Boulder, CO.


As a Supervisory Research Chemist, you will perform the following duties: Responsible for science direction, human resources management, budget, and collaborations to achieve the Global Monitoring Laboratory’s mission. Implement decisions, actions, and recommendations that focus on program priorities, funding, and allocation of organizational resources to support the mission.

Oversee research to improve understanding of changing atmospheric composition on climate change. Provide program and project management in research studies related to long-term observational records to guide carbon cycle and greenhouse gas feedbacks research, and carbon sources and sinks. Direct development of new technology; and explore use of remote sensing data, aircraft observations, and observations of other atmospheric species to improve greenhouse gas constraints.

Maintain expertise in high accuracy greenhouse gas measurement and analysis. Pursue applications involving greenhouse gas emissions, numerical weather and global-scale models and critical ground-truth for satellite measurements. Direct collaborative efforts to improve the ability to accurately calibrate and operate greenhouse gas and carbon cycle systems to ensure quality of long-term surface and profile measurements.

Conduct analysis of research results and evaluate those results for dissemination. Remain professionally active through publications and presentations at science conferences and workshops, and support a Global Greenhouse Gas Research Network.

Provide the full range of supervision over a subordinate staff and science team. Plan, distribute and prioritize work; identify methods to enhance production and work quality; establish performance standards, and evaluate and recognize performance; identify employee developmental needs and training needs; and resolve employee complaints.


Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.

Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.

Must be suitable for Federal employment.

Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (

Time-in-grade/band must be met by closing date of announcement.

This position requires a Moderate Risk Security Clearance.

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.The ZP-5 is equivalent to the GS-15. NOTE:* A three year supervisory probationary period may be required.* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.* This position is not in the bargaining unit.

College Transcript:If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.


Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: REQUIREMENTS:This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following requirements:

To qualify for the 1320 series:EDUCATION:

A. Degree: physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.


B. Combination of Education and Experience: Course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

-AND-SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.This experience need not have been in the federal government.Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations e.g., professional; philanthropic, religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies; knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To qualify at the ZP-5 or GS-15:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-4 or GS-14 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following: Planning and executing carbon cycle and greenhouse gas research programs and/or projects to include developing research program budgets and allocating resources;

Using greenhouse gas measurements to quantify emissions;

Calibrating and operating greenhouse gas and carbon cycle systems to ensure scientific quality of surface and profile measurements; and

Planning, evaluating and managing a subordinate staff; such as assigning work, setting priorities, evaluating performance and providing feedback on work assignments.


Substitution of education for specialized experience is not applicable to this vacancy.

Additional Information

CTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website at: applicants MUST submit the following documents: A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).

A copy of your SF-50 “Notification of Personnel Action”, noting current position, grade level, and duty location;

A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and

Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. NOAA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.